Doctor Who: Robots of Death

Doctor Who: Robots of Death

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Director: Michael E. Briant

Cast: Michael E. Briant, Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Russell Hunter

     
 
This BBC production comes to DVD in a standard full-screen picture mode only (1.33:1 aspect ratio) with an English-only Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono soundtrack. Special features include an audio commentary narrated by the film's writers, model tests, a photo gallery of still shots, blueprints of the set, and a "who's who" series information guide. For a movie shot in the

Overview

This BBC production comes to DVD in a standard full-screen picture mode only (1.33:1 aspect ratio) with an English-only Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono soundtrack. Special features include an audio commentary narrated by the film's writers, model tests, a photo gallery of still shots, blueprints of the set, and a "who's who" series information guide. For a movie shot in the '70s, the audio quality is unusually sharp. The picture is also surprisingly sharp on this effectively transferred DVD version, with good color mixing that brings out the scenery, effects, and costumes. The cover artwork isn't much to look at, however.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lewis Somoza Manalo
One of the longest-running science fiction programs of all time, Doctor Who began in 1963 as a BBC children’s program, but the show's sense of wonder and creativity rocketed it to international acclaim, attracting fans of all ages. Traveling through space and time in his police box-shaped ship, TARDIS (for Time And Relative Dimension In Space), the Doctor has been played by nine different actors and has found himself the main character of comic books, radios shows, novels, and feature films. The Robots of Death (1977) stars the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, whose seven-year tenure (1974-81) proved to be the longest of any actor, and he is consequently the best-remembered and most recognizable interpreter of the role (his uniquely fluffy coif no doubt contributes to his enduring appeal). Partly inspired by Isaac Asimov’s robot tales, the story goes as follows: On a distant desert planet, a lone mining vessel digs for minerals. With only a small crew of greed-driven humans to guide them, a large crew of robots runs the sand miner. When the TARDIS brings the Doctor and his leather-clad companion, Leela (Louise Jameson), on board the mining vessel, the two find themselves to be the main suspects in the deaths of three crew members. With his woolen scarf dragging on the ground, the Doctor races against time to solve the mystery. Featured on the DVD edition of Robots of Death is a commentary track by writer Chris Boucher and producer Philip Hinchcliffe.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
UPC:
0794051112026
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Commentary by producer Philip Hinchcliffe and writer Chris Boucher; Model tests; Photo gallery; Studio plans; Who's who

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
0. Episode 1
1. Chapter 1 [3:17]
2. Chapter 2 [5:29]
3. Chapter 3 [3:58]
4. Chapter 4 [3:51]
5. Chapter 5 [4:21]
6. Chapter 6 [3:07]
0. Episode 2
1. Chapter 1 [4:16]
2. Chapter 2 [3:59]
3. Chapter 3 [3:39]
4. Chapter 4 [4:54]
5. Chapter 5 [2:59]
6. Chapter 6 [4:23]
0. Episode 3
1. Chapter 1 [3:37]
2. Chapter 2 [3:25]
3. Chapter 3 [2:27]
4. Chapter 4 [5:47]
5. Chapter 5 [5:23]
6. Chapter 6 [3:07]
0. Episode 4
1. Chapter 1 [4:49]
2. Chapter 2 [6:06]
3. Chapter 3 [3:35]
4. Chapter 4 [3:00]
5. Chapter 5 [5:20]
6. Chapter 6 [:48]

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Doctor Who: Robots of Death 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
modestindecisiv More than 1 year ago
Tom Baker is one of my favorite doctors on Doctor Who. He is brilliant actor and his companions compliment him well. Robots of Death is entertaining and is one of my favorite episodes from the Tom Baker period. It is well known that the effects of the time period may not have been the greatest but the plot and excellent acting makes up for this fact. This particular episode does not have as "cheesy" effects as many of the episodes of the time usually has. I recommend this episode to avid doctor who fans. Leela is not my favorite companion of the doctor but better than some. This four part episode is sure to entertain new and old Doctor Who fans.